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Having already tossed her from an airplane, Danny Boyle has no need for the Queen of England’s highest honor.
According to reports, the Oscar-winning filmmaker was nominated for a knighthood by the U.K.’s arts and media honors committee for his direction of the massive, very British opening ceremony for the London Summer Olympics; when the committee approached him to see if he’d accept the honor, however, he declined.
As Boyle told Mark Lawson in an interview on BBC radio earlier in December, he considers himself a populist, and the ceremony he created — which included tributes to the National Health Service and a pre-recorded scene between James Bond and Queen Elizabeth — was a celebration of all of Britannia.
“I’m very proud to be an equal citizen and I think that’s what the Opening Ceremony was actually about,” he said.
THR‘s critic David Rooney agreed, writing of the ceremony, “Boyle’s epic opera of social and cultural history was a vibrant work of unfettered imagination that celebrated a nation, but even more so, its people.”
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